Nominations open for student of the year

By Alistair April 10, 2017 21:41 Updated

The prestigious Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year awards are returning for 2017.

Last year Jimmy Heritage, of Maylands, joined the list of talented greenkeepers who have secured the highly coveted award, which is now in its 29th year.

“Winning the award was the culmination of three years’ hard work,” said Jimmy, 25. “Greenkeeping has become such a passion for me and it is fantastic that we work in an industry where those who work hard and are dedicated are rewarded for their successes.

Photographer: Dave Charnley Photography 

“I hope that there are many more highlights to come in my career, but winning Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year was certainly a great way to start, and I would encourage anyone else who is thinking about entering to get involved – you won’t regret it.”

The prize for the winner is an incredible six-week scholarship which sees them travel to the University of Massachusetts to study turf management and includes a trip to the Golf Industry Show and a visit to the Toro factory.

Twenty-year-old Dan Waring, of Ashbourne, also celebrated after becoming the inaugural winner of the Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year award.

Photographer: Dave Charnley Photography 

Reesink Turfcare is the UK distributor of Toro machinery and managing director David Cole said: “Last year we introduced a ‘Young’ category to the awards and this opened up a window of opportunity to a new audience, while also re-energising the competition format. Plus, we have been able to make the entrant’s tutor and club more involved, so everyone’s a winner.”

The ‘Young’ winner receives a two-week work placement at the exclusive Vidauban Golf Club in France, plus a trip to Continue to Learn at BTME. Prizes are also available for the awards runners-up and those who nominate the students.

Head to the BIGGA website for more information, including the full list of entry criteria and an application form.


By Alistair April 10, 2017 21:41 Updated

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